A. J. Thomas is an Indian English poet, fiction writer and translator. He translates poetry, fiction, drama and non-fiction prose from Malayalam to English, and has more than 20 titles to his credit. He has M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in English Literature (Translation Studies) from the School of Letters, M. G. University, Kottayam and earlier taught English in Benghazi University, Ajdabiya Branch, Libya. He is a Senior Fellow, Department of Culture, Govt. of India and Honorary Fellow, Department of Culture, Government of South Korea. His books include This Ancient Lyre (2005), The End of the Day (2011), Keshavan’s Lamentations, a translation of M. Mukundan’s master-novel Keshavante Vilapangal (2006). Other publications include Best of Indian Literature (2013) a four volume anthology of Indian literatures in 1600 pages, crown size, which he co-edited; and Like A Psalm....(2017), English translation of Perumpadavam Sreedharan’s iconic novel Oru Sankeertanam Pole which sold more than 300,000 copies over the last 25 years. His writings have appeared in several anthologies in international publications. A. J. Thomas is a recipient of the Katha Award, the AKMG Prize, and the Vodafone Crossword Award (2007). He has read his poems and made presentations in Biennial Symposia of Asia-Pacific Writers in Australia and Hong Kong and also in conferences in Thailand and Nepal.
Abhay Sardesai has been the Editor of ART India, the premier art magazine of India, since November 2002. He has been a Visiting Faculty in Aesthetics at the Department of English, University of Mumbai; and the Chair of Humanities, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai. Abhay has also taught at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS); the Bhau Daji Lad Museum (BDLM); and Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women’s University. He writes in English and translates from Marathi, Konkani and Gujarati. Abhay has written widely on art and literature and read from his work at various places.
Ajai Saxena heads the Forest Department of Goa. He has a master’s in Zoology from the University of Allahabad and worked in the Avifauna Project of BNHS (1980) before joining the Indian Forest Service in 1984. He has worked extensively in various capacities in Andaman & Nicobar, with a short stint at Arunachal Pradesh. While a faculty at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun (1995-2000), he participated in the 16th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica in 1996-97, sailing from Goa to Antarctica, to survey and conduct studies on Antarctic seals and penguins and other marine mammals and oceanic birds. He has also served with the Government of India as Director in the Department of Ocean Development/Ministry of Earth Sciences (2002-07) and Joint Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution (2013-15). Other than publications on landscape level tropical forest management and integrated coastal zone management, he writes popular articles on wildlife and conservation. Ajai’s areas of interest include trekking in the Himalaya, Scuba diving, water colour painting, and wildlife photography. He has held exhibitions of his paintings and the last solo show of paintings and photographs was at Kala Academy, Panaji in April 2018. He has travelled widely, in Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the US.
Alan Machado (Prabhu) traces his ancestry to Aldona, Goa, from where his family emigrated to Mangalore c. 1680. Only one member survived the Captivity (1784-1799) under Tipu Sultan which decimated more than half of Kanara’s Christian population. The trauma his ancestors underwent, their conversion to Christianity, migration to Kanara, and Captivity under Tipu, have been motivating factors in his continuing research and writing on various aspects of his Goan and Mangalorean heritage. He has published four books to date: Sarasvati’s Children: A History of the Mangalorean Christians (1999); The Captivity of 1784; Shades within Shadows, a novel (2011); and Slaves of Sultans (2015). An engineer by profession, Alan is currently working on a new book which will cover certain chapters of Indian history.
Albertina Almeida is a lawyer, human rights activist, independent researcher and rights sensitiser. She holds a doctorate in law and teaches ‘Gender, Human Rights and Law’ for the MA in Women’s Studies programme at Goa University. She is also a member of the Board of Studies, Department of Women’s Studies, Goa University. Albertina engages and addresses meetings, symposia and workshops on social justice and rights issues. Among others, she is a Focal Point of the Feminist Law Programme of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development. She writes regularly for local periodicals and occasionally for the national media. Her writings can be accessed on the website of The Alzulaij Collective. She is the author of Tug and Tear: Dealing with Child Sexual Abuse (2008). Albertina has co-founded several rights initiatives and groups interrogating ‘development’, including Bailancho Saad, Citizens’ Initiatives for Communal Harmony, Saad Aangan, and SEZ Watch. She is also a legal consultant to various organizations working on gender and child rights issues, migrant concerns, transgender rights, and human rights. She has also been a part of official and civil society committees for advocacy and drafting of laws for women and children.
Amita Kanekar is a novelist, columnist, and an independent writer and researcher in architectural history. Her novel about the Buddha, A Spoke in the Wheel, was published by HarperCollins (2005) and republished by Navayana (2014). She has also written an architectural guidebook, The Portuguese Sea Forts of Goa, Vasai and Chaul (Deccan Heritage Foundation, 2015) and has published papers on architectural history. She also writes newspaper columns on issues of history, politics, and architecture. Amita teaches architectural history and theory at the Goa College of Architecture. Her second novel, Fear of Lions, about a rebellion during the late Mughal period, is to be published by Hachette.
Ana Filomena Amaral is an award-winning Portuguese writer born in Avintes, Oporto, and now living in Lousã, Coimbra. She earned a master’s in contemporary economic and social history from the University of Coimbra with a specialization in documentary sciences. She is an experienced interpreter and translator in several European languages, particularly German, and works for the Ministry of Education in Coimbra. She has published 12 books of which six are novels with one of them – Vaulted Home: Those Who Cheated Death (2014) - also published in the US. Ana has also published historical monographs, including her master’s thesis about Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo, the first and only woman prime minister of Portugal. Ana was the winner of the international award of Araçatuba tale in 2015, Brazil. Her 2014 novel O cassador de muros (Breaking Walls) will be translated into Russian. Earlier this year, she published O Diretor(The Director), the first book in the trilogy Mãe Nossa (Mother of ours) and alsocurated the international literary festival “Words of Fire.”
Anil Yadav is a traveller and Hindi prose writer with three books to his credit. Wah Bhi Koi Des Hai Maharaj (2013), a travelogue of India’s North-East, was translated in English as Is That Even a Country Sir! Journeys in Northeast India by Train, Bus and Tractor (2017) and in Punjabi. His collection of short stories Nagar Vadhuyen Akhbar Nahi Padhti (City Brides Don’t Read the Papers) was published in 2011 and is shortly to be translated and published in Italian. His collection of journalistic writings - Sonam Gupta Bewafa Nahin Hai (Sonam Gupta Is Not Unfaithful) – was published in 2017. Anil also writes political commentary and articles for websites including BBC Hindi, Newslaudry, Media Vigil and a few other selected newspapers. He lives in New Delhi.
Annie Zaidi writes across genre and her body of work includes reportage, essays, fiction, drama, film and graphic storytelling. She is the author of Gulab (2014) Love Stories # 1 to 14 (2012) and Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales (2010), and the co-author of The Good Indian Girl (2011). She has also edited Unbound: 2000 Years of Indian Women's Writing (2016) and Equal Halves (2017). Annie is the winner of The Hindu Playwright Award 2018, for Untitled 1. Her script for a radio play, Jam, was the regional (South Asia) winner for the BBC’s International Playwriting Competition 2011. Annie works as a filmmaker too. Her first documentary film, In her Words: The Journey of Indian Women, traces the lives and struggles of women as reflected in their literature. She has written and directed five fictional short films.
Antara Dev Sen is the founder editor of The Little Magazine, an independent journal of ideas and letters, and the first Indian magazine to focus on contemporary South Asian literature and offer it in English translation. Sen is also a literary critic and translator, a newspaper columnist and commentator on the media, politics and culture. She has edited several books including the TLM Short Stories from South Asia series. Earlier, Sen was Senior Editor of the Hindustan Times and the Indian Express in Delhi. She has also been a Reuters Fellow at Oxford University. Sen is associated with other media, literary, educational, and voluntary organisations in India and overseas. She lives in Delhi.
Anthony Ranjit Singh Mendonca is a retired Wing Commander, a gallantry awardee, and a helicopter pilot who served with the Indian Air Force for 25 years. As his name suggests he is of a rich genetic pool with a mix of Goan / Punjabi / Finnish blood. ‘Ant’ is the pet name that his mother gave him, and he has have adopted it as his nom de plume. Ant’s thoughts are original and different, unfettered by religion or tradition. He maintains that he is only a conduit wherein his writings come through him and he has understood the extent of the depth what he wrote sometimes much later. He started composing poems in school and continued through National Defence Academy (a very non-conducive environment for poems) as well during his years in the Indian Air Force.
Anurag Basnet is Managing Editor at Speaking Tiger Books. He has been in the publishing industry for 12 years. Anurag started his career with Penguin Books India and later worked with Rupa Publications before taking up his current position. He is the translator of Anil Yadav’s Woh Bhi Koi Des Hai, Maharaj! (2011) into Is That Even a Country, Sir! (2017), a travelogue in Northeast India that has achieved the status of a cult classic in contemporary Hindi literature. He has also co-translated The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture and the Nation (2018) by the acclaimed journalist and news anchor Ravish Kumar.
Anvita Abbi was formerly at the Centre for Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and is currently a Guest Scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany and the President of the Linguistic Society of India. A PhD in linguistics from Cornell University, Anvita’s work on tribal languages and other minority languages of South Asia is widely recognized around the world. She has carried out first-hand field research on all six language families of India extending from the Himalayas to the Andaman Islands. In 2003, she identified Great Andamanese as a new language family of India. She has designed and developed the discipline of field linguistics in JNU and trained a large number of students in grammar-writing and language documentation. Her outstanding contribution is the use of modern computational methods for preparing multilingual, multiscriptal, user-friendly talking dictionary of the present-day Great Andamanese language (2012) and unearthing unique grammatical structures of the language (2013). She has authored, co-authored and edited 18 books, in addition to over seventy articles in the areas of linguistics. She is also an acclaimed author of many award winning short stories in Hindi. She runs one of the most famous annual Hindi poetry award Bharat Bhushan Agarwal Kavita Puraskar. In 2oo3, she received the Rashtriya Lokbhasha Samman 2003 award for her contribution towards the tribal languages of India. Anvita is also a recipient of the prestigious Kenneth Hale Award (2015) by the Linguistic Society of America and was conferred a Padma Shri in 2013 by the President of India.
Arti Das is a freelance journalist based in Goa and is writing about Goa’s art, culture and ecology for more than 13 years now. Her writing also focuses on contemporary literary world and she has interviewed writers like Ramchandra Guha, Shashi Deshpande, Githa Hariharan, Amruta Patil, Sahitya Academy winner Damodar Mauzo, and Wendell Rodricks to name a few. She currently writes about Goa’s art and culture to news portals like Scroll.in, Firstpost, The Hindu and others.
Arundhathi Subramaniam is an award-winning poet and prose writer. Widely translated and anthologised, her recent volume of poetry, When God is a Traveller (2014) was the Season Choice of the Poetry Book Society, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. She is the recipient of various awards and fellowships, including the inaugural Khushwant Singh Prize, the Raza Award for Poetry, the Zee Indian Women’s Award for Literature, the International Piero Bigongiari Prize in Italy, the Homi Bhabha Fellowship, the Charles Wallace Fellowship, among others. She has written extensively on culture and spirituality, and has worked over the years as critic, poetry editor and curator. As prose writer, her books include The Book of Buddha (2005); the bestselling biography of a contemporary mystic, Sadhguru: More Than a Life (2010); and most recently, Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga (co-authored with Sadhguru). Most of her books have gone into several reprints. As editor, her most recent book is the acclaimed Penguin anthology of Bhakti poetry, Eating God.
Ashley D'Mello spent over 30 years in daily journalism, 25 of them with the Times of India. He has been a media fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University (2003); and a visiting scholar at the School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley (2012-2014). In recent years, D’Mello has written primarily on city and community issues. He has been especially interested in writing on the urban transformations in Mumbai. He has also been a Times correspondent for Goa (1992-1994) and written at length on coalition politics and political instability, as also environmental problems thrown up by the construction of the Konkan Railway and tourism. He was the first to draw attention to the anti-Semitic tone of the feast of St Joao.
Ashwani Kumar is an Anglophone Indian poet, writer, and professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). His anthologies include My Grandfather’s Imaginary Typewriter (2014) with a prolegomenon by Ashis Nandy and Banaras and the Other (2017). Ashwani’s poems - translated in Indian languages and Hungarian - are noted for their ‘lyrical celebration’ of garbled voices of memory and their subversive ‘whimsy’ quality. Banaras, the first of a trilogy on religious cities, was long-listed for the 1st Jayadev National Poetry Award 2017. Select cantos of the Hungarian translation of Banaras were performed by Hungarian band Kalaka at the Times Lit Fest 2017 in Mumbai. He is currently working on Ayodhya, the second volume in the trilogy; the non-fiction book Biharis (forthcoming, Aleph Books); and a special volume on Tagore in Hungarian Architecture of Alphabets/Betűrendek architektúrája (forthcoming, 2019). Ashwani is the co-founder of Indian Novels Collective which brings classic novels of in Indian Literature to English readers. He is the author of Community Warriors (2008); and co-editor of Power Shifts and Global Governance (2010), Global Civil Society Yearbook 2009: Poverty and Activism (2009). Migration and Mobility (forthcoming). He also writes articles and reviews for Financial Express, the Print, Business Standard, The Hindu, Indian Express, DNA, Open Democracy and others.
Asiya Zahoor teachers at a college in Kashmir. Asiya has studied Psycholinguistics and Literature at Oxford University and the University of Kashmir. Her area of interest and scholarship is the Diaspora, South-Asian mainly Kashmiri Literature, Psycholinguistics, and film. Asiya writes poetry and has curated a website Bol Bosh (www.bolbosh.net)
Augusto Pinto is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, S. S. Dempo College, Goa. He is a book reviewer, essayist and translator from Konkani into English. He has translated the work of several important Konkani writers into English. Among the books where his work has been recently published are The Salt of the Earth: Stories from Rustic Goa by Jayanti Naik (2017) where he has translated her best short stories with an afterword; and Goa: A Garland of Poems (2017), an anthology of Goan poetry.
Avishek Sen is a contemporary artist working primarily with watercolour as a medium. Juxtaposing intricate and large forms, conflating fruits, animals, humans and inanimate objects, often in a metaphorical construct, Avishek explores questions about contemporary socio-political issues in India. He received his Master’s degree in Fine Art (Painting) from Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University. He has held solo exhibitions in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, London, Paris and Rome. Avishek’s work has been displayed at Gallery Espace, New Delhi; Aicon Gallery, New York; Albion Gallery, London; Apparao Galleries, Chennai; and CIMA Gallery, Kolkata to name a few. His work has also been displayed at numerous Art Fairs including FIAC Paris, Art Dubai, India Art Fair, Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Scope New York, Johannesburg Art Fair and Art Singapore. Apart from these, Avishek has participated in the International Festival of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Algiers, Algeria (2009) and the Arts Actuels Biennale, La Reunion (2011). He lives and works in New Delhi.
Casimiro Simões was born in Lousã (Portugal) and has been working as a journalist for Lusa - Agência de Notícias de Portugal since 1989. He has published three books, all of which are in the area of social and political satire. In 2009, he published the satire Com as botas do meu pai – Pegadas do poder autárquico na vila de Vale Tudo (With the boots of my father - Footprints of the autarchic power in the village of Vale Tudo). This was followed in 2010 by Campanha bufa – Porco no espeto na safra de Vale Tudo (Campaign bufa - Pork on the spit in the harvest of Vale Tudo) - which marked the centenary of the Portuguese Republic. The final volume in the trilogy - Cornos ao sol – Agonia do carneiro velho na troika de Vale Tudo (Horns in the sun - Agony of the old sheep in the Troika of Vale Tudo) – was published in 2013. He has also written scores of chronicles and stories published in various Portuguese outlets. Casimiro headed the delegation of Coimbra da Lusa between 2005 and 2009. Earlier this year, he participated in the World Literature Festival of Sal, in Cape Verde.
Chador Wangmo is the celebrated author of Dema, the first superhero character in Bhutan. She has written ten illustrated books for children, including The Flea and The Louse; Abhi, Memey and The Mosquito; Abhi, Memey and The Monkey, and The Three Friends; two novels for adults; and two chapter books for intermediate level. Although Chador’s work is mostly prose, she likes writing poems which have been well received in literary festivals conducted by FOSWAL at Delhi and Jaipur in India. Her poems have been translated into Nepali and published in various papers in Nepal. She has been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Literature by the Vikram Sheela Vidyapeeth, Sidharth Nagar, UP. She has also been awarded Sidhartha Tathagat Sansthan Sahitya award in recognition of her love for literature.
Chinmay Tumbe is faculty member at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and the 2018 Alfred D. Chandler Jr International Visiting Scholar in Business History at Harvard Business School. He works on migration, cities, firms and history. An alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, he has been a faculty member at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad and was the 2013 Jean Monnet Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He has published widely on migration for a decade and has served on policymaking groups. India Moving is his first book.
D. A. Smith is an American translator and writer based in Houston, Texas. He holds B.A.s in English/Creative Writing (Sam Houston State University) and Chinese Studies (University of Houston). He has translated Luso-Goan author Orlando da Costa's novel O Signo da Ira into English as The Sign of Wrath (Goa1556, 2017), and translated the Goan writer and freedom fighter Laxmanrao Sardessai's Portuguese poetry into English in Avante, Goeses, Avante!: The Portuguese Poetry of Laxmanrao Sardessai (Goa1556, 2017). His translation of Leonor Figueiredo's biography of Sita Valles, the Luso-Angolan revolutionary, is due in December 2018. His work has also appeared in Muse India.
Dattaprasad Shetkar is Goan by birth and heart. He has travelled extensively as a market researcher and brand consultant across India. Since childhood he was drawn towards artistic expression and appreciation, often dabbling in poetry, theatre, debate, elocution, and singing. Through Exemplar Strategic Solutions, a firm he co-founded, he has developed strategy and design for many brands and managed events like ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs’ and ‘Jitendra Abhisheki Sangeet Mahotsav’. He founded Susang, a not-for-profit dedicated to art, music, and culture, which has revived Konkani poetry and music from 1950s. He is the organiser and curator of TEDxPanaji, an independently-organised TED event in Goa.
David De Souza has been a proponent of ‘De-Schooling’ during the 10 years he taught photography in six colleges of Mumbai University. He believes that school kills creativity. He calls himself an anti-fashion, fashion photographer. He started life as a Biochemist but a second-hand camera in the 1970s was like a talisman and he obediently followed its diktat. His inspiration has been books, literary, and visual, and his lifelong obsession to be the creator of a few. He lives in Moira, Goa since the last four years.
David Gilmour is a writer and historian. His books include prize-winning biographies of Rudyard Kipling, Lord Curzon and the Italian writer, Giuseppe di Lampedusa. He is also the author of The Ruling Caste: Imperial Loves in the Victorian Raj (2005), a study of the Indian Civil Service in the Victorian era, and, most recently. The British in India: Three Centuries of Ambition and Experience (2018). Curzon: Imperial Statesman (1994) won the Duff Cooper Prize; The Long Recessional: The Imperial Life of Rudyard Kipling (2002) won the Elizabeth Longford Prize; and The Last Leopard: A Life of Giuseppe di Lampedusa (1988) was the winner of the Marsh Biography Award. He has also written The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples (2011), and several other books on Spain and the Middle East. David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Oxfordshire.
Deborah Baker’s first full-length book, a biography of the American modernist poet Laura Riding (In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding, 1992) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008 she published A Blue Hand, an account of Allen Ginsberg’s travels in India that also traced the idea of India in the American imagination. While a Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, she researched and wrote The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism, a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award in Non-fiction. Her current book, The Last Englishmen: Love, War and the End of Empire, for which she received support from the Guggenheim and Whiting Foundations was just published by Penguin Random House India. She lives in Aldona, Goa and Brooklyn, New York. Photo: Julienne Schaer
Deepa Narayan is an international poverty, gender and development adviser who has worked at the World Bank, the United Nations and in the non-governmental sector. She was Senior Advisor in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management group of the World Bank from 2003 to 2008. She served on advisory groups of the World Economic Forum for four years. In 2011, Foreign Policy magazine named Narayan one of 100 most influential global thinkers. India Today named her one of India’s 35 Great Thinkers. She has authored or co-authored seventeen books. Her groundbreaking Voices of the Poorstudies brought together the experiences of 60,000 poor women and men from 60 countries to re-examine core assumptions about poverty. Deepa’s latest book, Chup: Breaking the Silence About India’s Women, is based on 600 interviews with middle class and upper class educated women in metros, the book demonstrates why current approaches to women’s empowerment and leadership will not work and how these must be changed. It catalogues in detail every day behaviors clustered into 7 habits.
Easterine Kire is a poet, short story writer, children’s book writer and novelist from Nagaland. A PhD in English Literature from Savitribai Phule Pune University, she published the first English novel by a Naga writer: A Naga Village Remembered (Ura Academy, 2003). Her second novel, A Terrible Matriarchy (Zubaan, 2007) has been translated to Norwegian, German and Marathi. Her novel Bitter Wormwood (Zubaan, 2011) was shortlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize 2013. In 2016, Easterine won the Hindu Literature Prize for When the River Sleeps (Zubaan, 2014). Another novel Son of the Thundercloud (Speaking Tiger, 2016) was awarded the Tata Litlive Book of the Year award in 2017 and the Bal Sahitya Puraskar in 2018. Easterine was awarded the Governor’s prize for excellence in Naga literature in 2011 and the “Free Word” award by Catalan PEN, Barcelona in 2013. She also writes poetry and has a band called Jazzpoesi. The band produced a digital cd in summer 2013 that topped the Norwegian Jazz charts in the summer. She is also founder member of a publishing house called Barkweaver Publications.
Edwin Thumboo is Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow (National University of Singapore). He has been involved in Singapore’s literary developments since 1951 as poet, critic, anthologiser, and arts administrator. His initiatives include the Creative Arts Programme, National Poetry Festival, and what has become the Singapore Writers Festival. Word-Gate, his seventh book of poems, was published in 2013.
Elizabeth Flock is an American journalist, author and documentary filmmaker whose work has focused on women’s and social issues. Her first book Love and Marriage in Mumbai (2018) is a New York Times' Editor's pick, and has been called a “vivid portrait of a nation in transition" (Publisher's Weekly, starred review), "deeply sympathetic but unsentimental" (NPR) and "impossible to put down" (The Washington Post). A reviewer in the Indian Express wrote that the book, which follows three couples in Mumbai over the course of a decade, “raises the right questions not just about the institution, but also of the successes and failures of the great Indian family.” Elizabeth began her career at Forbes India Magazine in Mumbai, where she did features and investigative reports. Her work has since appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, The Atlantic, The Hindu, Hindustan Times and many other publications. She has been nominated for two Emmy awards and was a finalist for the Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award. Elizabeth’s most recent work includes an investigation of sexual harassment, assault and retaliation with the U.S. Forest Service at NewsHour. That report led to the resignation of the Forest Service Chief and widespread change within the agency.
Fátima da Silva Gracias is a Goa-based historian with a doctorate in the area of Indo-Portuguese history. She is author of several books: Health and Hygiene in Colonial Goa (1994); Kaleidoscope of Women in Goa (1996); Beyond the Self: Santa Casa Misericórdia de Goa (2000); The Many Faces of Sundorem: Women in Goa (2007); Cozinha de Goa: History and Tradition of Goan Food (2011); Faces of Colonial India: The Work of Goan Artist António Xavier de Trindade (2014); and Angela Trindade: A Trinity of Light, Colour and Emotion (2016). She has contributed research papers on various aspects of Indo-Portuguese history and culture in publications and seminars held in India, Portugal, Brazil, Germany, France, Canada, Sri Lanka and Mozambique.
Ganesh Saili was born and schooled in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. He also taught English at the Post Graduate College. Folks say: ‘What he doesn’t know about Mussoorie isn’t worth knowing!’ His books are a record of the goings-on in the pleasure capital of the Raj. Having grown up in the hills, from an impressionable age, he has trekked the high mountains recording in words and pictures the magic of the mountains. His work has been published in periodicals, columns and journals; and translated into two-dozen languages. His latest book, Wanderings in the Garhwal Himalaya (2017) takes the reader to the hills in a clutch of twenty-two essays and two hundred pictures. Other books include Icing on the Landour Cake (2000); Ruskin: Our Enduring Bond (2004); Mussoorie Medley: Tales of Yesteryear (2010); The Doon Valley across the Years (2012); Ruskin Bond: The Mussoorie Years (2013); and Gupp and Gossip from the Hills (2013). Many accolades have come his way. In 1994, his tale of travel to the mystery lake of Roopkund won the Panorama Film Festival Award in Houston. He won the Sanghi Trophy in 1995 and the National Award in 1996.
Geeta Gopalakrishnan is Honorary Director-Donor Relationships at the Tata Medical Center, Kolkata. With over 20 years of experience in advertising, she has been Creative Director at Trikaya Grey and is also known for triggering Hinglish in advertising communication. Geeta has been recipient of many awards across product categories including the campaign of the year award for Aristocrat Suitcases. Throughout her professional life, she has also worked for Sadhana School for Special Children in Mumbai as a labour of love. For the past eight years, she has devoted herself fulltime to use the power of advertising in order to raise the bar in fundraising for the treatment of underprivileged children with cancer at Tata Medical Centre. Her book My Grandmother’s Tweets (2018) is a labour of love. All royalties from the sales will go towards children with cancer at Tata Medical Center.
Guru T Ladakhi, was born and lives in Gangtok, Sikkim. He graduated from SRCC, Delhi University with Honours. The wrong place for a person of his disposition. His poetry has appeared in many journals and is now being taught in schools and universities. His first collection of poems called “Monk on a Hill” was published by Speaking Tiger and launched in Jan 2017 at Guwahati Lit Fest. And yes, he says, poetry feeds his veins.
Hanuman Kambli teaches art at the Goa College of Art. He is one of India’s foremost print makers and widely regarded as an outstanding artist, painter, and teacher. His works address his personal experiences of Indian mythology and philosophy. Hanuman enjoys an international reputation, and his works have been exhibited in major centres in India and abroad. He is the recipient of several awards and honours. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Western Michigan University (1999); an Artist-in-Residence at the Wimbledon School of Art (1994-95); Lincoln University (2003); and the Central TAFE, Western Australia (2005); and an International Visiting Scholar at the Montclair State University (2009). In 2012, he was conferred with the Rashtriya Swasti Samman (Ujjain, M.P.) for his consistent contributions in the field of visual art form; the Goan Achievers Awards by Navhind Times and Viva Goa for his contributions in the field of art and culture; and in 2013, the Government of Goa conferred its highest award for cultural excellence in the field of fine art. He was a juror for the Seventh Bharat Bhavan International Print-Art Biennial (2006) at Bhopal; and for the 53rd National Exhibition of Art organised by Lalit Kala Academy. Hanuman prepared the original artwork for the eighth edition of the Goa Arts & Literature Festival (GALF).
Harish Trivedi was formerly Professor of English at the University of Delhi and has been a visiting professor at the universities of Chicago and London. His research interests include Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Translation Studies, Comparative Literature and World Literature, and he is currently the contributing editor for South and Southeast Asia of an international project based in Stockholm for writing a history of World Literature. His publications include Colonial Transactions: English Literature and India (1995), Post-colonial Translation: Theory and Practice (1999), and an edition of Kim (2011) by Rudyard Kipling. He has written on and translated various Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit writers, including Ashvaghosha, Premchand, Manto, and Ajneya. He has edited and contributed two chapters to a book in Hindi on the poet Rahim, a Muslim bhakti poet more formally known as Abdur-Rahim Khan-e khana (1556-1627), who was also a prominent courtier of the Emperor Akbar and the commander of his army.
Hema Myer Sood has written six books in the genre of New Age philosophy. These are: The Eternal Ocean of Brahma (1994); Lord Krishna’s Cosmic Drama (1996); The Revelation on Shivarathri Night (1996). The first two books of the Karmic City trilogy were released in 2015. The City of Lord Brahma and The City of Lord Vishnu use the genre of fiction to acquaint the reader with profound insights of ancient Indian philosophy. Karmic Cords with Warren Hitesh Myer is her sixth book. Her seventh book, The Crown of Tijara, a historical thriller interwoven with three timelines set in a desert fort-palace in Rajasthan will be released in 2019. Hema is also a certified Reiki Grandmaster and practices channeling. She is based in Goa.
Heta Pandit has worked in the field of heritage conservation for over thirty years. She is the author of (with Annabel Mascarenhas) Houses of Goa (2000); Dust & Other Short Stories from Goa (2002); Walking in Goa (2004); In & Around Old Goa (2005); Hidden Hands: The Master Builders of Goa (2003); Walking with Angels (2006); and There's More to Life than a House in Goa (2015). Heta is associated with the Charles Correa Foundation as well as the Goa Heritage Action Group, Panaji, Goa. She is currently engaged in carrying out an independent research project on Goa’s unique kaavi art. Her book Grinding Stories on Goan songs sung over the grinding stone (oviyos) is currently in print.
Hune Margulies is an author, poet and university professor. Dr. Hune Margulies is the founder and director of The Martin Buber Institute for Dialogical Ecology. Margulies completed his Doctoral studies at Columbia University in New York. He holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Fordham University, as well as a Masters degree in Urbanism from Hunter College of the City University of New York. Dr. Margulies taught at various universities in New York and lectured at different universities and cultural institutions around the world. Margulies is the author of the book "will and grace: meditations on the dialogical philosophy of martin buber", published by Sense/Brill Publishers in October 2017. This book in the Philosophy of Religion and in Religious Philosophy, focuses on a critical observation of theological principles, beliefs and institutions through a perspective that combines insights from Dialogical Philosophy and some aspects of Zen Buddhism. The link to the book is: http://tinyurl.com/
Jaideep Hardikar is an award-winning Nagpur based journalist/writer. He is a core team member of the People's Archive of Rural India (PARI) and a Fellow of the Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy working on water commons. He has worked with four different newspapers for over two decades, most recently with The Telegraph as its central India Assistant Editor. Jaideep's journalism appears in several digital and print media outlets, including the BBC, ruralindiaonline.org, New Internationalist Magazine, news18.org, Hindkisan, Divya Marathi, Indian Express Online, and others. He has been the recipient of many national and international fellowships and awards, including the prestigious Prem Bhatia award for environmental journalism and Sanskriti Award for Young Journalists. Jaideep was awarded an Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship in 2009. He was also a 2015 fellow in the Asia Leadership Fellow Program hosted by the International House of Japan and the Japan Foundation at Tokyo and a Monash-DFAT fellow in 2017. Jaideep is an author of A Village Awaits Doomsday (2013), translated into Hindi as Yahan Ek Gaon Tha. The book looks at people displaced by development projects. He is currently writing a second book on farmers’ suicides and cotton growers’ struggles in a globalised world.
Janeita (Jugneeta) Sudan is an academician, literary critic, columnist, and a visiting faculty for English literature, at colleges in Goa. A consultant for schools, she mentors Cambridge students and develops workshop modules for book reading activity. In her journey with literary criticism - critic as an artist, she has focused on classical literature, art history and poetry. In Navhind Times, Goa her byline Booked and How featured books and authors for five years, and presently she contributes articles on art to international journals. She has curated talks on contemporary arts - Raza Dialogue,with Raza Foundation, Delhi and Museum of Goa and an evening of poetry, art and music at the Goa pavilion - Serendipity Art Festival, 2017. She heads - PAG, poetry appreciation group at Bookworm, Goa and has been recently awarded Non-fiction award, 2018 by the Joao Roque Literary Journal. Presently she is compiling multiple essays on the international Goan artist, FN Souza.
Jayanti Naik is one of the most prolific Konkani writers, translators and folklorists. Since 1989, when her first collection of short stories Garjan was published, she has authored more than 38 books, both scholarly works related to folklore and works of creative literature. Her creative writing comes in an array of genres ranging from the short story and drama to poetry and children’s literature. She is a compiler of Konkani folk tales and she translates books from other languages into Konkani. Besides English, her stories have been translated into Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Her work is studied at the graduate and post-graduate levels. Jayanti’s poetry book Mirgavenno has been translated into Marathi and her selected short-stories have also appeared in English as The Salt of the Earth: Stories from Rustic Goa (2017). She is recipient of number of state and national level awards, most notable of which are Kala Academy (Goa) Literary Award 2002; Sahitya Akademy (Delhi) Literary Award in 2004 for her collection of short story Athang; the Yashodamini Award in 2009 of the Directorate of Women and Child Development, Government of Goa; and Mandd Shobhann Folklore Award, Mangalore in 1998. She is the Editor of Ananya, a six-monthly literary journal of Goa Konkani Akademi.
Jerry Pinto is the author of Em and the Big Hoom (2012) which won the Hindu Lit for Life Prize; the Crossword Award for Fiction; the Windham-Campbell Prize administered by the Beinecke Library, Yale University; and the Sahitya Akademi Award for fiction in English. His other works include a novel Murder in Mahim (2017); Reflected in Water (2012), an anthology of writing from Goa; a graphic novel on which he worked with Garima Gupta, When Crows are White (2001); a book of poetry, Asylum (2011). He has translated Baluta (2015) by Daya Pawar; Cobalt Blue (2013) by Sachin Kundalkar; and most recently, Baburao Bagul's When I Hid My Caste: Stories (2018). He is on the board of MelJol, an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights and the People's Free Reading Room & Library, one of Mumbai's oldest libraries.
Jessica Faleiro’s fiction, poetry, essays and travel pieces have been published in Asia Literary Review, Forbes, Indian Quarterly, IndiaCurrents, Coldnoon, Joao Roque Literary Journal, Mascara Literary Review, Muse India and the Times of India as well as in various anthologies. Her first novel Afterlife: Ghost stories from Goa (2012) is about a Goan family and their ‘ghostly’ encounters. She recently released The Delicate Balance of Little Lives (2018), a collection of interlinked stories about five middle-class Goan women trying to cope with loss. She won the Joao Roque Literary Award ‘Best in Fiction 2017’ for her short story ‘Unmatched’. Jessica is currently the Commissioning Editor for the Joao Roque Literary Journal. She previously worked for Kingston University Press as a sub-editor and co-edited the March 2018 editor of the Joao Roque Literary Journal’s edition on ‘Writing from the Goan Diaspora’. Jessica has an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University. She also talks about creativity and runs creative writing workshops.
Jonathan Gil Harris is an academic, writer and dedicated follower of Hindi cinema. He was born in New Zealand, received his post-graduate education in England, and moved to India after living in the US for twenty-three years. A prominent scholar of Shakespeare, he has authored six books on the drama and culture of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He has also written for the Hindustan Times, Indian Express, the Hindu, and Outlook on Bollywood and Shakespeare. He currently lives in Delhi and is a professor of English at Ashoka University, where he was also Founding Dean of Academic Affairs. His two most recent books, The First Firangis: Remarkable Tales of Heroes, Healers, Courtesans, Charlatans, and Other Foreigners Who Became Indian (2014) and Masala Shakespeare: How the Bard Became Indian (2018), have both been published by Aleph Books Company.
K. Madavane was born in Pondicherry and went to school at the Lycée Français de Pondichéry. He received his PhD from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he explored the theme of death in the Theatre of the Absurd. He taught in JNU for years before retiring in 2011. Madavane’s plays include The Mahabharata of Women, The Veritree or the Falsity of the Gods, and 1947: The Man from Lahore, which was shortlisted for The Hindu Playwright Award in 2017. To Die in Benares, (2018) his intriguing book of stories, was first published in French as Mourir à Bénarès in 2010. Madavane currently lives in Delhi with his wife.
Kancha Ilaiah ‘Shepherd’ is Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad, and earlier taught at the Department of Political Science, Osmania University. A political theorist, writer, and activist for Dalit rights, he writes in both English and Telugu. Kancha worked on land reform in Andhra Pradesh for his MPhil and on the political dimensions of Buddhism for his PhD. His doctoral research was published as God as Political Philosopher: Buddha’s Challenge to Brahminism (2001). He is the author and co-author of several books in English and Telugu, including Why I am Not a Hindu: A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture and Political Economy (1996); Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan, Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution (2009); and recently published his memoirs, From a Shepherd Boy to an Intellectual: My Memoirs (2018). Kancha has been a recipient of the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Award and was a Nehru Fellow between 1994-97.
Kaustubh Naik is a research scholar at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU New Delhi. He writes on Goan culture and politics in local and national publications. He wrote a column in The Goan and has published in The Caravan Magazine, Hakara, e-Rang, My Theatre Café, and Akshar. He is also a playwright and theatre director and currently heads Hauns Sangeet Natya Mandal, the oldest theatre company in Goa. His research work focuses on the debates around caste and cultural politics in Goa. He was awarded the D. D. Kosambi Junior Research Fellowship by the Government of Goa. He writes in English and Marathi.
Keerti Ramachandra is by aptitude, inclination and training, a teacher, a translator by virtue of being multilingual and an editor by default. She has taught English language and literature at all levels and conducted translation workshops for college students and aspiring translators. Keerti translates from Marathi, Kannada and Hindi into English. Her translation of the Sahitya Akademi award winning novel, A Dirge for the Dammed was short listed for the Crossword award in 2016. Her translations won her the A. K. Ramanujam award instituted by KATHA for translation from two or more languages. She co-translated Hindutva or Hind Swaraj by U. R. Anathamurty from Kannada; and Joginder Paul’s stories from Urdu/ Hindi A Dying Sun and Other Stories. Another translated collection, of Gangadhar Gadgil’s Marathi stories A Faceless Evening and Other Stories, was published in 2017. Her translations from Marathi, Kannada and Hindi have appeared in anthologies, magazines and journals in India and abroad. Keerti is also a freelance editor of fiction and nonfiction for leading publishing houses. She is currently teaching a post-graduate course in Translation Theory and Practice at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, where she lives.
Maithreyi Karnoor is a poet and a translator. A Handful of Sesame, her English translation of the Sahitya Akademi Award-winning Kannada novel, Halla Bantu Halla was published this year. Another translation – a Sahitya Akademi publication – of a collection of plays by H. S. Shivaprakash is forthcoming. She was shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize in 2017. Maithreyi’s works, including poetry, translations, literary and theatre reviews have appeared in The Hindu, The Wire, Indian Express, Daily O, Muse India, Indian Literature and elsewhere. She lives in Goa.
Mallika Ahluwalia is the author of Divided by Partition, United by Resilience: 21 Inspirational Stories from 1947 (Rupa, 2018). She is also the CEO, Curator, and co-founder of the world's first Partition Museum, which opened at Town Hall, Amritsar in August 2017. The Museum has been getting a heart-warming response from all quarters and has been listed in the ‘Best of India: 18 Places to Visit in 2018’ list by National Geographic Traveller India. She was recently awarded an Excellence Award by Conde Nast Traveller and an ASEAN-India Youth Achiever Award for her work in honouring this history. Prior to this, Mallika worked in the field of health and education with some of the leading international development organizations, focusing on social policy that impacted the most marginalized households in India. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA/ID from Harvard Kennedy School and an A.B. cum laude from Princeton University in public policy. She lives in New Delhi. Three of her four grandparents were impacted by the Partition.
Mamata Verelekar has done her master’s in Hindi from Goa University and currently teaches Hindi at Parvatibai Chowgule College Of Arts and Science Margao, Goa. She recently presented a paper at a national seminar held at Goa University which spoke about the cinematic translation of literature where she focused on films by filmmaker Mani Kaul. She is passionate about literature and blogs about Konkani poems on her blog-Mhajokonso.wordpress.com
Mangala Anavekar (Dange) was born in Satara (Maharashtra) and later studied at Grant Medical Collage, Mumbai for a medical degree. She taught in medical collages in Pune University for five years, first at the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) and then at Pravara Medical College. She worked with the Krishnamurti Foundation India in Banaras for four years where she came in contact with several eminent people like the quantum physicist David Bhom whom Albert Einstein considered his ‘intellectual son’. The discussions between him and Jiddu Krishnamurti made her views completely rational and scientific. Her close contact with Achyut Patwardhan, the scholars from Kashi Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, and Professor Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche, the former prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, and then the Director of Central University of Tibetan Studies, helped her study the ancient wisdom of the Vedas and Buddhism. She has wandered in Himalayas many times.
Manjushree Thapa is the author of ten books of fiction, non-fiction, and literary translation. Her latest novel is All of Us in Our Own Lives (2016) set in the cynical, moneyed world of international aid in Nepal. Since her first book Mustang Bhot in Fragments (1992), she has written among others, The Tutor of History (2001), Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy of Democracy (2005); Tilled Earth: Stories (2007); and The Lives We Have Lost: Essays and Opinions on Nepal (2012), She has recently translated Indra Bahadur Rai’s classic Darjeeling novel, There’s a Carnival Today (2017), into English. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the London Review of Books, Newsweek, and the Globe and Mail. She was born in Kathmandu and lives in Toronto.
Manohar Shetty is a Goa-based poet and widely considered one of the most prominent among those writing in English. His new collection of poems Full Disclosure: New and Collected Poems (1981-2017) was published by Speaking Tiger in 2017. In addition to several poetry volumes such as Morning Light (2016); Personal Effects (2015); Living Room: Poems (2014); and Creatures Great and Small (2014); Shetty has edited Ferry Crossing: Short Stories from Goa (1998) and Goa Travels: Being the Accounts of Travellers from the 16th to the 21st Century (2014). His poems have been translated into Finnish, German, Italian, Marathi, and Slovenian. Shetty has been a Homi Bhabha Fellow and Senior Sahitya Akademi Fellow.
Manu S. Pillai is the author of the award-winning The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore (HarperCollins India, 2015), and Rebel Sultans: The Deccan from Khilji to Shivaji (Juggernaut, 2018). Formerly Chief of Staff to Dr. Shashi Tharoor MP, he has in the past worked at the House of Lords in Britain, and with the BBC on their Incarnations history series. Written over six years and researched in three continents, Manu’s first book, The Ivory Throne won the 2016 Tata Lit Live Prize for best first work of non-fiction and the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar. Manu is also text contributor to Serena Chopra’s Bhutan Echoes (Tasveer, 2016), and writes a weekly column for Mint Lounge. His other writings have appeared in The Hindu, Open Magazine, the Times of India, Hindustan Times, and other publications.
Maria Aurora Couto was born in Goa and studied in Dharwar and New Delhi (where she later taught English literature at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University). She is the author of the widely acclaimed Goa: A Daughter’s Story and Graham Greene: On the Frontier, and has translated, from Portuguese, A.B. Braganza Pereira’s Ethnography of Goa, Daman and Diu. In 2010 the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri for her contributions in literature and education. She lives in Aldona, a village in North Goa.
Martin Macwan is a human rights activist based in Gujarat. He has devoted his life and has been working for eradication of untouchability and caste-based discrimination. He is the founder of Navsarjan Trust and many other institutions. He also writes books for children on the issues of equality and non-discrimination. He has been awarded with Robert Kennedy award for human rights; the Gleitsman activist award; and recognized by the Human Rights Watch and others for his work. Through Navsarjan Trust, Martin has been able to do pioneering work for the eradication of Manual scavenging.
Max Rodenbeck is the South Asia Bureau Chief of The Economist. He was born in the US but has rarely lived there. He began writing for The Economist in 1989. He studied history in Egypt and previous to his current role he was a reporter in the Middle East and subsequently the Middle East Bureau Chief from 2000 to 2015, covering the region from Morocco to Iran, and topics ranging from wars and revolutions to radical Islam, Arabic pop culture and the ancient art of distilling arak. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, his own book Cairo: The City Victorious (2000) has been published in eight languages.
Mini Krishnan edits translations for Oxford University Press and is consulting editor of the translation programme of the Malayalam University in Tirur, Kerala. She sources and edits fiction, plays, travelogues, autobiographies and biographies from 16 Indian languages into English. Krishnan was formerly with Macmillan India where she edited the Modern Indian Novels in Translation (37 volumes, 1992-2000). She is an advocate of translation education in higher education. She also served as Member, Indian Literature Abroad, a Ministry of Culture initiative to promote Indian writers in six UNESCO languages; was Member, Curriculum Advisory Board (2006-2009); and PAC Member, National Translation Mission (2006-2013). She was the Founding Editor of the South Asia Women Writers Website hosted by the British Council (2004-2006). She is the Series Editor of Living in Harmony (classes 1-10), India’s first Peace Education programme for schools and writes two monthly columns for The Hindu: This Word for That in the Literary Review on Translation; and Ethics & You in Education Plus.
Mukul Kumar is a civil servant, belonging to the 1997 batch of the Indian Civil Services. An Indian Railway Traffic Service officer, he is currently working in the Ministry of Railways, New Delhi. He has studied humanities from Delhi University, graduating from Kirori Mal College. He has studied Public Administration at the prestigious Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi. He has published an anthology of his English poems titled The Irrepressible Echoes (2012) and his debut novel As Boys Become Men was published by Rupa in 2016). Seduction by Truth (2018) is his second novel.
Mustansir Dalvi is an Anglophone poet, translator and editor. Brouhahas of Cocks is his first book of poems in English published by Poetrywala in 2013. His poems are included in several anthologies, including These My Words: The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry and the Sahitya Akademi’s To Catch a Poem: An Anthology of Poetry for Young People. His poems have been translated into French, Croatian and Marathi. Mustansir’s 2012 English translation of Muhammad Iqbal’s influential Shikwaand Jawaab-e-Shikwa from the Urdu as Taking Issue and Allah’s Answer (Penguin Classics) has been described as ‘insolent and heretical’. This book was awarded Runner-Up for Best Translation at the Muse India National Literary Award in 2012. His translations of the Sufi mystic Rahim are published in the anthology Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry (2014, Penguin Ananda). He has translated the poems of Hemant Divate from the Marathi in Struggles with Imagined Gods (2014, Poetrywala). He is the editor of Man without a Navel, a collection of new and selected translations of Hemant Divate’s poems from the Marathi (2018, Poetrywala). His new book of poems Cosmopolitician is to be published by Poetrywala in 2018.
Nalini Elvino de Sousa has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Lisbon and a master's degree in Portuguese literature from Goa University. In 2006, as the manager of Lotus Film & TV Production, Nalini got the opportunity to showcase Goa to Portuguese-speaking audience via the RTPi (Portuguese International channel) and directed, anchored, and produced 75 documentaries showcasing different aspects of Goan culture, architecture, cuisine, and economics. Her 2010 short documentary ‘Water’ on various aspects of conservation was selected for the Vasudha awards at the IFFI and Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival, Pune; and won the Jury award at the Nashik International Film Festival. In 2012, she directed and produced the short documentary ‘Dances of Goa’ which highlighted various dance forms specific to Goa some of which may become extinct. This was selected for the International Festival of Films on Tribal, Art & Culture (IFFTAC), Bhopal; and the Heritage Film Festival in Gujarat. It received the audience award at the Bulgarian International Film Festival ‘In the Palace’. She has also produced a short fiction ‘Paklo’ which won the second prize at the Marathi Film Festival in 2013 and had a special screening at IFFI in 2014. Nalini is again working with RTPi for a series called ‘Hora dos Portugueses’ (Portuguese time) about the lives of Portuguese citizens in India. She is the co-partner of the publishing house Lotus Libri and manager of the NGO Communicare Trust.
Namit Arora is a writer, humanist, travel photographer, and former internet technologist. He grew up in Gwalior, studied at IIT-Kharagpur, worked in Silicon Valley for two decades, took courses of dubious practical value at Stanford, and visited scores of countries before moving to Delhi NCR with his partner. He writes essays, reviews, criticism, travelogues, fiction, memoir, and history, often merging many forms at once, and tackling subjects as diverse as identity politics, artificial intelligence, Indian-Americans, eating animals, and cryptocurrencies. He is the author of The Lottery of Birth: On Inherited Social Inequalities (2017) and two forthcoming books: a novel and another on travel and history. His home on the web is shunya.net.
Naresh Fernandes is the editor of Scroll.in, a digital news publication. He has previously worked for The Times of India, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and Time Out in Mumbai and New York. He is the author of City Adrift: A Short Biography of Bombay (2013); and Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay's Jazz Age (2012), which was shortlisted for the Economist Crossword Book Award in the non-fiction category and the Tata First Book Award.
Neeta Raghunath Torne is a well-known poet and writer. She has excelled in the field of literature through her poems, articles, and other writings. An Associate Professor at SSA, Government College, Pernem (Goa), her published work includes Ek Oll Kavitechi (2011) and Jagtana… (2013) while leaving (a multilingual way of expression), a collection of multilingual poems translated in three different languages Konkani, Hindi and English (also translated into Kannada by Mohan Habbu in 2016). She won the Kavi B Award (2012); the Kavi Narendra Bodke Smruti Puraskar (2012); and the Kavita Shree Award (2014) by Ankur Sahitya Akola. She has presented several research papers at various seminars and conferences in Goa and elsewhere in the country.
Óscar de Noronha is an associate professor of English, literary translator and radio artiste with an on-going chat show in Portuguese, titled ‘Renascença Goa’. He is the author of Divine Bondage: The Epic Life of St Joseph Vaz (2014) and Old Goa: The Complete Guide (2004). He has also edited several books, most recently Padre Chico: To the Manner Born (2018). He is due to release a biography of his priest-parliamentarian granduncle, titled Castilho de Noronha: por Deus e pelo País; and his late father Fernando de Noronha’s chronicle, Goa tal como a conheci, edited by him. He lives in Panjim, Goa.
Pantaleão Fernandes is a Goa-based writer, photographer and ethnographer. His books include 100 Goan Experiences (2006); Goa Remembered (2011); Traditional Occupations of Goa (2015); and a children’s book Once Upon a Time in Goa (2015). His latest book Goa: Rare Portraits (2018) is a pictorial depiction of the tribal life of Goa. Pantaleão scours Goan villages, for hidden cultural stories which he tells with his short documentary films entitled ‘Untold stories from Goa’. He was recently conferred with an international award by the Instituto Felga I Gracias in Brazil for excellence for his contribution using photography towards the cause of preserving Goa’s art and culture. His photographs have been displayed at an exhibition ‘Goa – Fusao de Culturas’ at Lisbon.
Paro Anand was the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puruskar Award 2017 for her book Wild Child, now published as Like Smoke with additional content. She has written books for children, young adults and adults. Recognized internationally and nationally, she headed the National Centre for Children’s Literature, has interacted with over three lakh people, primarily children in difficult circumstances, and runs a programme, Literature in Action. Paro holds a world record for helping over three thousand children make the world’s longest newspaper. Her book, No Guns at my Son’s Funeral (2005) was on the International Board on Books for Young People Honour List and is translated into German and Spanish. The Little Bird who held the Sky up with his Feet (2013) was on ‘1001 Books to Read Before You Grow Up’, an international gold standard of the world’s best children’s literature. BBC Hindi selected her on their 100 Women #100Women Project – a project highlighting the challenges and achievements of women in India. Her book Wingless has been performed nationally and internationally. She is also the co-author of Two (2017) with Swedish writer, Orjan Perrson.Her latest book, The Other: Stories of Difference (2018), is a ground-breaking collection of stories dealing with sensitive issues. She has been awarded for her contribution to children’s literature by The Russian Centre for Science and Culture.
Patricia Pereira-Sethi is an award-winning international journalist who worked for two decades as correspondent, editor and the United Nations Bureau Chief for Newsweek magazine in New York. She was the first Indian and youngest ever correspondent to be named the United Nations Bureau Chief of an American organisation. She has conducted one-on-one interviews with more than 45 heads of state during her career, including Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Fidel Castro, George Bush Sr, Augusto Pinochet, Daniel Ortega, Olaf Palme, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Robert Mugabe, Pham Van Dong. And others. Patricia has been felicitated for her career by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Goa Union of Journalists after her return to Goa. She has authored the biography of industrialist Ramesh Chauhan Thunder Unbottled: From Thums Up to Bisleri (2013). She lives in Dona Paula and is a Special Columnist for the Sunday Panorama section of the Navhind Times as well as the magazine Viva Goa. Fluent in Spanish, she has lectured at Goa University’s Centre for Latin American Studies to PhD students.
Payal Kakkar is a self-taught fine arts photographer who incorporates architectural elements giving a new dimension to document photography in the most unique way. Born in 1975, Payal grew up in Delhi but now resides in Old Goa. She has a background in Indian classical dance, Environmental Protection, and Dietics. For the last six years she has focused on the practice of photography, having produced bodies of work in Italy and Angkor Wat. Her photographs are highly detailed and lyrical in quality. Her approach to photography sets her apart from others. She prefers to shoot in ambient light, as she firmly believes that it reflects the true character of the design. Her passion in photography led her to tread the path of Architectural Photography as she traveled the world exploring the new lands. Instantly she was drawn to angles, spaces and structures and the story they tell. The photos are a result of images that arise in her mind and are subjectively experienced reality of the architectural form and its appearance.
Perumal Murugan is an Indian author, scholar and literary chronicler who writes in Tamil. He has six novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry to his credit many of which are translated into English. The translated novels include Poonachi: Or the Story of a Black Goat (2018); Current Show (2017); Pyre (2016); One Part Woman (2015); and Seasons of the Palm (2017) which was shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize in 2005. One Part Woman, his best-known work, was shortlisted for the Crossword Award and won the prestigious ILF Samanvay Bhasha Samman in 2015. Perumal has also received awards from the Tamil Nadu government as well as from Katha Books. He was earlier a professor of Tamil at the Government Arts College in Namakkal.
Prabda Yoon was born in Bangkok and studied in the United States from the age of 15. In 1997, he graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from the Cooper Union in New York City. Prabda returned to Thailand for a six-month military service in 1998, and started to write short stories immediately after his discharge. His first published book, in 2000, was the story collection Muang Moom Chak (City of Right Angles), which was quickly followed by another story collection, Kwam Na Ja Pen (Probability), in the same year. The latter went on to win the prestigious S. E. A Write Award. He has been widely credited as the popularizer of “postmodern” writing in Thailand. Kwam Na Ja Pen has been reprinted continuously and is regarded as a landmark book in contemporary Thai literature. Since his debut collection, Prabda has written and published numerous story collections, novels, essays, song lyrics, and screenplays. His writings have been translated to Japanese, English, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese. He is also the Thai translator of western modern classics such as Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, and all of J. D. Salinger’s books. In early 2017, the UK independent publishing house Tilted Axis Press released Yoon’s first book in English: The Sad Part Was. It is the first translation of Thai fiction to be published in the UK. His second English book, Moving Parts, was published in 2018, also by Tilted Axis Press. Apart from writing, Prabda is also an acclaimed designer of book covers and film director.
Prashanti Talpankar is an Associate Professor at Dnyanprassarak Mandal’s College and Research Centre, Assagao (Goa). She writes poetry, short stories, plays, and children’s stories. Talpankar has also acted in several award-winning movies, including Kabhi Paas Kabhi Fail, which won the National Award for the Best Children’s Film in 1999; Aleesha, winner of the National Award for Best Feature Film in Konkani in 2004; Paltadcho Munis, winner of the Best Konkani film in 2009, and the prize of the International Federation of Film Critics for Discovery at the Toronto Film Festival the same year; Baga Beach, winner of the National Award in 2013; and Rocky Handsome. Her film Juze (Konkani) was screened at IFFI, Indian Panorama 2017. Talpankar won the Best Supporting Actress Award for Aleesha (2004) and Baga Beach (2015) at the State Film Festival.
Pratik Kanjilal is literary editor, leader writer and columnist with The Indian Express. He is also a literary translator and winner of the Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize. Pratik has been Translator in Residence at the University of East Anglia. Earlier, he has worked with The Economic Times and Business Standard, and has been a columnist for the Hindustan Times and Time Out. He has a fairly wide variety of interests, from science and technology to prehistory. And, of course, literature.
R. Benedito Ferrão has lived and worked in Kuwait, India, the United States, England, and Australia. A writer and academic, he is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies at The College of William and Mary. In 2017-18, he curated the art exhibition Goa/Portugal/Mozambique: The Many Lives of Vamona Navelcar (Fundação Oriente Gallery, Goa), and edited a book of the same title, published by Fundação Oriente (2017), to accompany this retrospective of Navelcar’s art. His fiction and non-fiction appear in Riksha, The Good Men Project, Mizna, and other publications.
Radhika Menon’s deep interest in children and their reading inspired her to set up Tulika Publishers in 1996. Her publishing philosophy is underlined by the belief that translating across different languages gives voice and image to cultural diversity in a way publishing in one language does not. 15 years and around 1,000 titles later, Tulika is regarded as the benchmark of children’s publishing in India, producing books in nine languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati and Bangla. A hands-on publisher, Radhika is closely involved with visualising, editing, designing and marketing of all Tulika books. In 2000, she started the first exclusive children’s bookstore in India – Goodbooks – which she ran successfully for over five years. The Goodbooks Trust continues to advise in the setting up libraries and reading programmes. Radhika is part of the team that is setting up a website for children’s books – again a first of its kind resource on childrens’ books – which will carry reviews as well as archival articles and reviews from the 1970s. She has been on various committees of the NBT and NCERT, New Delhi, and on the advisory panel of Anveshi, Hyderabad for its project ‘Different Tales: Stories from Marginal Cultures’. Currently, she is on the advisory committee of Eklavya’s publishing programme and of their proposed Children’s Literature Centre in Bhopal.
Rama Murkunde is an Assistant Professor in the Konkani department at Vidya Prabodhini College of Commerce, Education, Computer and Management, Porvorim (Goa). She is currently pursuing her doctoral research in translation of Konkani short stories and novels. She has written for Konkani dailies Sunprant and Bhangarbhui and her articles have been aired on All India Radio. She is the editor and compiler of children’s stories Kanyanachi Gathan (2006); author of Chanuchyo Kanyo (2012), stories written for children; and translated Nirbhudhicho Rajkarbar (2015), a collection of stories for children, for Sahitya Akademi. She translates children’s stories from other languages and these are available in digital form on Prathambooks Storyweaver.
Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer. He has taught at Yale and Stanford universities; held the Arné Naess Chair, University of Oslo; and served as the Indo-American Community Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley and the Philippe Roman Professor of History and International Affairs, London School of Economics. In 2014, Yale University awarded him an honorary doctorate in the humanities. Ram’s books include a pioneering environmental history, The Unquiet Woods (1989); and an award-winning social history of cricket, A Corner of a Foreign Field (2002). India after Gandhi (2007) was chosen as a book of the year by the Economist, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal among others; and as a book of the decade in the Times of India, the Times of London, and The Hindu. His most recent books are Gandhi Before India (2014), which was chosen as a notable book of the year by the New York Times; and Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World (2018). The New York Times referred to him as ‘perhaps the best among India’s non-fiction writers’; and Time Magazine called him ‘Indian democracy’s pre-eminent chronicler’. Ram has received the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History; the Malcolm Adideshiah Award for excellence in social science research; the Sahitya Akademi Award; the R. K. Narayan Prize; and the Fukoka Prize. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan.
Ramita Gurav is an associate professor at Xavier's College, Mapusa, where she has been teaching Hindi for more than 20 years. She has a Ph.D. in Contemporary Hindi Theatre and presented papers on topics related to literature, theatre, and media studies at various state, national and international seminars. In addition, Ramita has done translations of Konkani poems, short stories and Marathi short stories in Hindi. She has also directed dramatizations of short stories of writer Premchand and poems by Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh.
Ramrao Wagh is a faculty member at the Department of Computer Science & Technology, Goa University. Well known in the field of computer science education through his contribution as a teacher, researcher and policy maker, he has contributed to curriculum design and modernization of teaching–learning methods. He is also the Director of Digital learning & Initiatives, Goa University and the UGC Swayam Coordinator for Goa University. He was until recently the Director of prestigious Visiting Research Professor Programme (VRPP) of Goa University. Ramrao has served on several high-level committees of the government and is active in professional, social and cultural fields. He is currently the chair of ACM Goa Professional Chapter. He has handled various issues related to grassroots development, prominent among them the movement for revival of Khazan (saline) land farming in Goa as the Convener of Khazan Action.
Rana Safvi is a renowned author and translator. She is the author of Tales from the Quran and Hadith and Where Stones Speak: Historical Trails in Mehrauli, The First City of Delhi and The Forgotten Cities of Delhi. She has also translated both the editions of Asar us Sanadeed, the seminal work on Delhi’s monuments, written by Sir Syed Ahmad. Rana also runs the popular blog ‘Hazrat-e-Dilli’ on her site ranasafvi.com, and is passionate about documenting India’s syncretic culture through her writings. Rana is a postgraduate in History from Aligarh Muslim University and lives in Delhi with her family.
Ranjit Hoskote is a leading Anglophone Indian poet, and has also been acclaimed as a seminal contributor to Indian art criticism. His books include Vanishing Acts: New and Selected Poems 1985-2005 (2006), Central Time (2014), and, most recently, Jonahwhale (2018). His poetry has appeared in German translation as Die Ankunft der Vögel (2006) and Feldnotizen des Magiers (2015). His translation of the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded has been published as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (2011). Ranjit curated India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011); co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale, and served on the jury of the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). He was a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa; and has been writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich; Theater der Welt, Essen-Mülheim; and the Polish Institute, Berlin. He has also been researcher-in-residence at BAK/ basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. Ranjit has received the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award; the Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation; and the S. H. Raza Award for Literature. He was juror for international literature for the 2015-2017 fellowship cycle at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. He is Poetry Editor for DOMUS India.
Ravi Chellam is Chief Executive Officer, Metastring Foundation. A wildlife biologist & conservation scientist, he has been involved with wildlife research, education, and conservation since the early 1980s. He has worked with the organisations such as the Wildlife Institute of India; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment; and Greenpeace India. He has played leadership roles in many of his assignments and is associated with several conservation NGOs - such as Nature Conservation Foundation and the Bangalore Environment Trust - in governance roles. Ravi has worked closely with the government on many conservation projects and is currently a member of a government-appointed expert committee to guide the translocation of Asiatic lions. Apart from his scientific publications, teaching and mentoring post-graduate students, he also writes in newspapers, magazines and websites and gives talks on wildlife and conservation. Ravi has a BSc in Botany, University of Madras; MSc in Wildlife Biology from A. V. C. College, Bharatidasan University; and a PhD from Saurashtra University based on his research work on the ecology of Asiatic lions through the Wildlife Institute of India. His current interests include conservation of large carnivores, conservation and management of wildlife and biodiversity outside Protected Areas, human-wildlife conflicts, restoration of wildlife habitats, and using information technology to enable public participation in research and conservation.
Rochelle D'silva is a dreamer and an intrinsically emo human. Her poems give voice to feelings of displacement, identity, love and loss. She runs a poetry collective in Bombay called 'Words Tell Stories' and curates storytelling experiences and workshops. She has two poetry albums and a book of poetry to her name. She endorses hugs, and hopes to disappear into the mountains someday. Follow her work at http://rochelledsilva.in/.
S. R. Sundaram (aka Kannan Sundaram) is the Managing Director and Publisher of Kalachuvadu Publication Pvt. Ltd. He is also the editor and publisher of Kalachuvadu, a monthly journal for culture and politics. Kalachuvadu first established itself as a premier little magazine and has now expanded its scope beyond the reaches of a literary journal to function as a broad forum for politics and culture. Kannan co-organised ‘Tamil Ini 2000′, the international Tamil conference on 20th century Tamil writing. He has been on the International Visitor Program to the U.S. (2002) and the Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship Programme (2007). He was also invited to the Visiting International Publisher program in Sydney in 2017 and to the Istanbul Fellowship in 2018. Kannan’s mission is to get the best of Tamil literature translated into other Indian and world languages and vice versa. He has published five books consisting of critical articles on Tamil media and politics and his sixth collection will be published this year.
Salil Tripathi is an award-winning journalist and writer whose books include Offence: The Hindu Case (Seagull), The Colonel Who Would Not Repent (Aleph), and Detours: Songs of the Open Road (Tranquebar). He is chair, Writers-in-Prison Committee at PEN International. Born in Bombay and educated at New Era School, Sydenham College, and later, Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College in the US, Salil has been a correspondent in India and Singapore, and now lives in London. His awards include the Red Ink Award for human rights journalism from the Mumbai Press Club, Bastiat Award in the United States, and the Citibank Pan Asian Journalism Award in Hong Kong. His articles have appeared in publications around the world. He is working on a book on Gujaratis.
Samar Halarnkar is the editor of Indiaspend.org, a data-driven, public-interest journalism non-profit. He is the author of Nirvana Under the Rain Tree (2002), an early chronicle of India’s internet revolution, and A Married Man’s Guide to Creative Cooking: And Other Dubious Adventures (2013). Samar has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley and a fellow at the Nieman Foundation, Harvard University. A journalist for 27 years, his last full-time job was Managing Editor of the Hindustan Times. He also writes for Scroll, the Hindustan Times and the New York Times. Samar is an enthusiastic cook, and the fallout of his culinary experiences find their way into a cooking column for Mint Lounge.
Sanjeeva Pandey is an officer of the Indian Forest Service (1982 batch) from Himachal Pradesh cadre. He served as Director of the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) from 1998 to 2006, a prime hotspot of biological diversity in the Western Himalayas, where he engaged himself in biodiversity conservation through livelihood based natural resource management. His efforts with Friends of GHNP have resulted in inscription of GHNP Conservation Area as a World Heritage Site in Doha, the State of Qatar, in June 2014. Originally trained in wildlife management at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and in forestry management at the Indian Forest College, Dehradun, Sanjeeva also studied history at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has travelled to many countries and contributed to numerous training manuals, written papers, news and media articles and formulated project proposals throughout his professional career. His PhD is on livelihood aspects in support of biological diversity of GHNP.
Sanjiv T. Lall is the author of Rubies in my Ears (2018), a personal memoir charting his journey of overcoming adversity and obstacles to find success. In addition, he is a motivational and leadership speaker with diverse work experience. A successful entrepreneur across several industries, Sanjiv has worked in a number of continents, with the high point being the establishment of SAP Consulting Company in New Zealand which provides highly skilled International SAP Consultants to Australasia, India, and across the world. He currently lives in Goa where he fulfils his passion, renovating heritage Portuguese Villas. He also collects and restores vintage World War II, 4WD jeeps.
Shanta Gokhale is a bilingual columnist, novelist, playwright, film script-writer and translator. She has translated Uddhav Shelke's novel Dhag; her own novels Rita Welinkar(1995) and Tya Varshi (2010) - as Crowfall (2013) - both of which received Maharashtra State awards for best fiction; Durga Khote's autobiography I, Durga Khote (2007) and over a dozen plays from Marathi into English, including her own, Avinash (1994). Her translation of Gieve Patel's English play Mister Behram into Marathi was staged in Pune and Mumbai. Her other translations include Prabhakar Barve's Kora Canvas and Makarand Sathe's novel Achyut Athavale ani Athavan into English and Jerry Pinto's Em and the Big Hoom into Marathi for which she received the Balshastri Jambhekar award in 2016. Shanta has written numerous film-scripts for documentary and feature films. She has been a culture columnist for The Times of India, Mid-Day and Mumbai Mirror. She is the author of Playwright at the Centre: Marathi Drama from 1843 to the Present (2000) and has edited Satyadev Dubey: A Fifty-year Journey Through Theatre (2011), The Theatre of Veenapani Chawla: Theory, Practice, Performance and The Scenes We Made: Experimental Theatre in Mumbai (2015). Shanta received the Sangeet Natak Akademi award for overall contribution to the Performing Arts in 2016.
Sharmila Rao is a dentist on a sabbatical, hypnotherapist and hypnotherapy trainer working with tobacco addicts and sleep apnoea. She is a trained Bharatnatyam exponent and takes sessions on theatre and storytelling at Manipal University and Goa University. She has published papers on both theatre and health on international platforms and writes in both Kannada and English. Her blogs at www.parwatisingari.com has been nominated for national awards. Her other blogs are www.kitabikida.wordpress.com on book reviews; www.plinkyprompt.wordpress.com on stories; and www.corporatehealthtrainer.wordpress.com on health and wellness.
Sharmila Ribeiro is the author of Everyday Love: A Mother’s Guide to Healthy Cooking for Kids, winner of the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards for the Best Family Cookbook of 2018. It is a must-have book for parents of school-going children as well as for beginner cooks and families in general. Sharmila is an agricultural economist and mother of three growing boys. She is also the co-founder of 2 NGOs in the Himalayas that work with local producers on organic honey, silk and spices. She has spent the last few years evolving a range of tasty, healthy, easy-to-cook Indian and international recipes that have changed the way families eat and hopes that her book and website (www.sharmilacooksforkids.com) help other families begin the journey of making healthy, delicious meals too.
Shashi Deshpande is a novelist and short story writer with ten novels, two crime novellas, a number of short story collections, a book of essays and four children’s books to her credit. Three of her novels have received awards. That Long Silence (1989) received the Sahitya Akademi award. Her latest novel is Strangers to Ourselves (2015). Listen to Me, her memoirs, will be out shortly. Her other books include The Dark Holds No Terrors (1980), If I Die Today (1982), The Intrusion and Other Stories (1993), Small Remedies (2000), The Binding Vine (2002), In the Country of Deceit (2008) and Shadow Play (2013). She has also done translations from Kannada and Marathi into English and her own work has been translated into several Indian and European languages. Shashi has participated in literary conferences and festivals, as well as lectured at universities in both India and abroad. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2008.
Sheeba Shah is a fiction writer from Nepal. She now lives in Goa and also runs a theatre Group here. She is the author of Beyond the Illusions (2008); Facing My Phantoms (2010); and earlier this year, The Other Queen (2018). Sheeba is currently working on her fourth novel which is based in Goa.
Shreevatsa Nevatia is the author of How to Travel Light: My Memories of Madness and Melancholia (2017) and works as an independent journalist. He was the editor of National Geographic Traveller India and has also worked for publications like Hindustan Times, Outlook and Mumbai Mirror. He lives in Mumbai and Kolkata.
Shruti Debi is a literary agent based in New Delhi. The Debi Agency represents writers of literary fiction and quality non-fiction with an emphasis on transitioning their works across languages and mediums. Among her clients are Vivek Shanbhag (with Srinath Perur), whose internationally-acclaimed novel Ghachar Ghocharhas been translated into several languages around the world and in India; and Prayaag Akbar, whose debut novel Leila was acquired by streaming giant Netflix.
Sophia Lorena Benjamin is the author of Claudia (2018), a historical romance novel set in Goa. The book has received positive reviews from bloggers, reviewers and other readers. She has worked in India as well as in Dubai with organizations like Goa Doordarshan, HSBC, Citigroup and Marks & Spencer. She does ghost writing, communications coaching and English-speaking training for students and professionals. Her articles have appeared in The Times of India, Navhind Times, Hans India, Asian Voice, Paws Magazine and elsewhere. Born and raised in Goa, Sophia currently lives in the city of Hyderabad with her husband and two children.
Stephen Alter is the author of 20 books of fiction and non-fiction. He was born in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand and much of his writing focuses on the Himalayan region, where he continues to live and work. His debut novel Neglected Lives (1978) was described by the New Yorker as “a short novel of unusual and exquisite quality.” Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime is his most recent work of non-fiction and received the Kekoo Naoroji Award for Himalayan Literature in 2015. In The Jungles of the Night: A Novel about Jim Corbett (2016), his latest work of fiction, was shortlisted for the 2017 DSC South Asian Literature Award. The Cloudfarers (2018) is his most recent book for younger readers. He has written extensively on natural history, folklore and mountain culture, particularly in his travel memoir Sacred Waters: A Pilgrimage to the Many Sources of the Ganga (2009) which describes a journey on foot along the pilgrim trails of the Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Programme, the East-West Centre in Hawaii, and the Banff Centre for Mountain Culture.
Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst, novelist, and a scholar in the fields of cultural psychology and the psychology of religion. He has been Lecturer at Harvard University and Research Associate, Harvard Business School; Professor at IIM, Ahmedabad; Head of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Delhi; Senior Fellow at the Centre for Study of World Religions at Harvard University; as also Visiting Professor at the universities of Chicago (1989-92), Harvard, McGill, INSEAD (1994-2014), Melbourne, Hawaii and Vienna. Sudhir’s many honours include the Bhabha, Nehru and ICSSR National Fellowships; Fellowships of the Institutes of Advanced Study, Princeton and Berlin; the Kardiner Award of Columbia University; Boyer Prize for Psychological Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association; Merck-Tagore Award; Germany’s Goethe Medal; Rockefeller Residency; McArthur Fellowship; Distinguished Service Award of Indo-American Psychiatric Association; and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2005, the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur listed Sudhir as one of the world’s 25 major thinkers. He is the author of fourteen books of non-fiction and six of fiction, of which the latest is the novel The Kipling File. His writings have been translated into twenty-two languages around the world.
Sujata Noronha is an educator who directs the work of Bookworm Trust, a library-based organisation in Goa. She actively supports ideas around reading and learning is happiest in dialogue around literacy and literature.
Sumana Roy’s first book, How I Became a Tree, a work of non-fiction, was published in India in February 2017. Her first novel, Missing, was published in April 2018. Her poems, essays, stories, and literary criticism have appeared in The Caravan, Granta, Guernica, India Quarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), Drunken Boat, the Prairie Schooner, Berfrois, Himal Southasian, Asian Cha, Pratilipi, and other journals. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Antiserious. She lives in Siliguri, a small town in sub-Himalayan Bengal. Roy has been photographing walls in northern Bengal for nearly a decade now.
Suneeta Peres da Costa was born in Sydney, Australia, to parents of Goan origin. She has published and produced across the genres of fiction, non-fiction, playwriting and poetry. Her debut novel, Homework, was published internationally by Bloomsbury in 1999; a novella Saudade, on the legacies of Portuguese colonialism and the Goan diaspora in Angola, was published by Giramondo in March 2018. Her literary honours include a Fulbright Scholarship, the Australia Council for the Arts BR Whiting Residency, Rome, and, recently, an Asialink Arts Creative Exchange to the Australian and New Zealand Studies Centre at Himachal Pradesh University, India. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, New York.
Supriya Nair is a Mumbai-based journalist and studied at St Xavier's College. She is a sports columnist for Mumbai Mirror and former associate editor at The Caravan magazine and staff writer at Mint Lounge, Mumbai. In 2016, she edited the anthology The Caravan Book of Profiles, a collection of award-winning political and cultural reportage from the magazine. Nair writes about books, sports and culture and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Vogue and Wisden.
Sushila Sawant Mendes has a PhD in history from Goa University heads the Department of History at the Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Quepem (Goa). Her doctoral dissertation was on the impact of Luis de Menezes Braganza on Goa's anti-colonial struggle, and later became a book: Luis de Menezes Braganza: Nationalism, Secularism and Free-thought in Portuguese Goa (2014). She is currently working on a book on the history of Assolna, Velim, and Cuncolim. Sushila regularly presents papers at various seminars in India and abroad, many of which are included in books on Goa’s history. The Government of Goa has appointed her on the Expert Committee for revision of the Goa Gazetteer. The present Std. X history text of the Goa Board was finalized under her guidance as Chairperson. Mendes is a Trustee of the Manovikas Public Charitable Trust, and a Founder Trustee of Silver Star Appeal.
Urvashi Bahuguna’s debut poetry collection was selected for the 2017 Emerging Poet’s Prize by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and will be published in late 2018 by The Great Indian Poetry Collective. Her book of essays on mental health is forthcoming in 2019 from Penguin India. Her work has been recognized by a Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship, a Sangam House fellowship, an Eclectica Spotlight Author Prize, and a TOTO Award for Creative Writing.
Usha Alexander is the author of the novels The Legend of Virinara (2018) and Only the Eyes Are Mine (2008); and the novelette, Leaving Idaho (2017). Her writing has been featured in 3 Quarks Daily and Scroll.in; is forthcoming in The Punch Magazine; and has appeared in various other publications, including anthologies like The Best American Travel Stories 2007. She worked for many years at Apple, after having returned from Vanuatu, a Pacific Island nation, where she taught secondary school science as a US Peace Corps volunteer. She maintains an abiding interest in science, anthropology, and history. Usha grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, a remote little town in the Rocky Mountain region of the USA. Though currently residing in the National Capital Region of India (NCR), she carries her home within herself. You’ll find her on the web at www.ushaalexander.com.
Vasudhendra is a Kannada author and lives in Bangalore. He worked as a software professional for more than 20 years and now runs his own publication house, Chanda Pustaka, which publishes and encourages new writing in Kannada. He has also instituted the Chanda Pustaka Award which recognizes young short story writers. Vasudhendra is also associated with local support groups for LGBT individuals. The author of 15 books in Kannada that have sold over one lakh copies, he has won many literary awards, including the Kannada Sahitya Academy Book Prize. His award winning nammamma andre nangishta (I like my mother) has been reprinted 20 times. His book Mohanaswamy chronicles the life of a young queer man. The book has been translated into English, Spanish, Telugu, Malayalam and the Tamil, Marathi, and Hindi translations are in progress. Being a passionate hiker, he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro of Tanzania and trekked to Kailash & Mansarovar of Tibet. World Cinema and Mahabharata are his other passions. He vouched not to watch television 18 years back and walks his words!
Vijay Jodha is a writer, photographer and filmmaker based in Gurgaon. He has produced five books and his projects have been showcased in galleries, museums and film festivals worldwide. He studied film making at New York University and his films have been broadcast in over 200 countries and on 75 channels including BBC, CNN and Discovery. Parallel to commissioned projects and paid assignments, he has produced and directed over 30 films on pro bono basis, and has helped raise over 1.6 crores rupees for various Indian grassroots organisations. Indian Confederation of NGOs has honoured him with Media Citizen Award for using media to facilitate social change. Two of Vijay’s books and three of his films have been selected for archiving in the U.S. Library of Congress. His eight-year long project about ageing in India was listed in Limca Book of Records. His projects have received over seventy honours in 24 countries including sixteen best director/film awards; grants from institutions like Sundance, Eurovision, Swiss Development Agency, The Ford Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Alternate responses to his work include having an exhibition vandalized and a false police case that took eight years to be thrown out by the courts.
Vincy Quadros is a Konkani fiction writer, versatile in Roman and Devanagari script. He has written around 27 books, out of which 8 are transliterations. Most of his writing is short stories for various magazines. He writes extensively for children. Vincy has won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar of Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. He has received four state awards for his other books including Sthambh Lekhon Puraskar, Karyakarta Puraskar and Patrkarita Puraskar. He currently serves as Secretary for Dalgado Konknni Akademi, which works for the upliftment of Roman script Konkani. He has also edited several books of new writers and helps them as a guide. He also teaches to read and write Roman script Konkani.
Vinutha Mallya is a journalist with more than 15 years' experience in publishing as a book editor. With a keen interest in the business of publishing in India, she has written and spoken about the subject on many forums in the past. She is currently Assistant Features Editor at Pune Mirror, Times of India Group.
Vishvesh Kandolkar is an Associate Professor at Goa College of Architecture, and a doctoral student at Manipal University through the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore. He writes op-eds as well as art and architectural criticism. His writings can be accessed at: http://wishvesh.blogspot.com/.
Wendell Rodricks is an internationally-acclaimed designer and author. Born in Mumbai, he studied Fashion Designing in the US and France from 1986 to 1988. His first collection from Goa earned him the title ‘Guru of Minimalism’. His unique garments, inspired by Goa and India, have been displayed at major fashion events around the world. In 2007, the Confederation of Indian Industries invited him to showcase two fashion shows in Bryant Park, New York to celebrate the 60th year of India’s independence. Wendell has also displayed his work at the Festival of India (1993) in Beijing and Shanghai. In 2010, he revived the weaving of the traditional Goan Kunbi Sari and identified and trained weavers in the use of sari looms. He is the author of Moda Goa: History and Style (2012); The Green Room (2012), a memoir; and Poskem (2017). Moda Goa received rave reviews for its portrayal of long-forgotten aspects of Goa’s cultural and costume history. Wendell has also written for magazines, coffee table books, and anthologies. He has been honoured by the All India Konkani Parishad; bestowed the Rainbow Warrior Award by Kashish Film Festival; and conferred the distinction of Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l'Ordre National des Arts et Lettres) by The Ministry of Culture and Communication of France. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2014.
Yudhishthir Raj Isar straddles the multiple worlds of cultural theory and practice. He is Professor of Cultural Policy Studies, The American University of Paris (2002- ); and was Eminent Research Visitor, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University (2011-2013). Since January 2017, he is also the Education Director at the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Isar was the founding co-editor of the Cultures and Globalization Series (SAGE) and has authored many book chapters and journal articles. He has been president of the European arts and culture platform Culture Action Europe (2004-2008). Isar is a trustee of cultural organizations and a consultant to foundations and international organizations, notably UNESCO.